Beauty Hack: Alternatives To Beauty Products | Clozette

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Looking for good beauty products should never just be about the brand. It's about the ingredients. So if you know your ingredients well and how they work on your skin, sifting through products should be an easy task. It's really all about knowing how to read the labels at the back and realizing that sometimes, you actually didn't need to spend $50 on a high-end primer when you can buy something similar at the drugstore that works so much better than the expensive one (given the cost-per-usage-quality segment).


To get you started, here are 5 alternative products you can start using for a healthier and cheaper beauty routine!


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Primer: Nivea Men Aftershave Balm



April Hits and Oh God NO's April 2015

By NikkieTutorials 


Before you react, we have one word for you--Glycerin. Glycerin is the same ingredient found in most skincare products, including primer. Even Youtuber and makeup artist NikkieTutorials swears by it. It may smell like your beau's usual cologne at first but it will pass as you layer on your foundation. Apply it all over your face and work it in until it feels tacky. And ta-dah! You now have flawless foundation makeup that will last all day.   

Colour Corrector: Lipstick



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Have you ever noticed that some of your lipstick shades are similar to your colour corrector shades? Lipsticks are not just for the lips, they can also be used to colour correct your gray undereye bags because they're complementary colours. Use an orange-red or coral lipstick and apply it underneath your eyes to cover the dark circles. Then with a makeup sponge, apply a layer of foundation all over and blend well. You'll notice your bags have been complete concealed! 



Toner: Apple Cider Vinegar and Water



BEAUTY BASIC/ Skin Care: Everning Routine

by Michelle Phan


This video by Beauty Expert and Youtuber Michelle Phan is actually full of alternative products if you want to stick to healthy and organic ingredients. The biggest beauty hack: the apple cider vinegar and water combination. Since it's not as harsh as alcohol but it still provides that "sting" our skin needs, it's a perfect toner substitute! 



Makeup Remover: Baby Oil or Olive Oil



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You don't need a fancy makeup remover when you can use something that's right in your kitchen or something easily found in your dresser. Extra virgin Olive Oil and Baby Oil are both gentle and good for the skin. They do the job well at removing you makeup while keeping your skin and wallet happy. 



Face Mask: Honey



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Honey is nature's healer and it has so many uses that includes being your skincare routine's new face mask. It gently removes dirt without stripping the skin of natural oils. It also has natural antibacterial and probiotic properties that effectively reduces breakouts. For best results, use raw honey or manuka honey. Just apply it with your hands, let it stay for 5-10 minutes, and rinse it off to get that rejuvenated skin you've always wanted.   



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There are countless of ways to stand out--by looking good, wearing something loud, having tons of followers on your social media accounts...etc. But these things are just temporary, and they certainly fade away over a period of time when another one who stands out takes over. So be the type of person who will be remembered under a positive light--someone who exudes that perfect balance of sophistication and attitude--creating a lasting impression upon everyone you meet. 


If you want to channel that aura and constantly leave a lasting positive impression, here are 5 ways to do it. 


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Dress Properly For The Occasion



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Arriving at your destination wearing your best outfit is certainly one way to make an entrance. Putting the effort in your outfit doesn't just make you look fashionable, it also reflects how important the event is to you, and consequently, how important the person you're meeting is to you. 

Wear A Bold Lipstick



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A bold lip colour will definitely make people turn heads when you pass by. It has that power to allure people and make them want to listen to you when you speak. It also puts the spotlight on even the tiniest details, such as smiling or laughing. Additionally, it also adds that boost of confidence you need to exude a sophisticated aura. 



Strike Up A Good Conversation



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An impression will surely last if you impart a piece of yourself to someone. The easiest way to do that is to talk to people, get to know them, and strike up a good conversation that is beyond the usual the small talk and awkward silences. Say something inspiring, or something funny, and the memory of that is something they'll remember when they think about you.



Smile



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A smile will take you places. It exudes an amiable and approachable aura that everybody loves. If you flash someone a genuine smile, or smile every so often, then that person will remember how beautiful you looked and the positive your aura of that specific moment. 



Keep It Real



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Oscar Wilde once said "Be yourself, everyone else is taken." Don't hold yourself back and don't worry about what other people may say about you. At the end of the day, it's your personality that will make that lasting impression. 



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Ever had moments when you feel you have a particularly Fragile Ego? Or times where you are feeling playful despite your usual naive demeanor? Now you can express yourself vibrantly through the use of Estée Lauder's latest lip innovation - the Pure Colour Envy Liquid Lip Potion, a lip colour that does it all, just like how women are able to perform multiple roles in life, and wear many different looks for the various occasions.




All in a day, we go to work, attend parties and events, and skip to our hot dates. What we really want (no we actually need it) is a formula that excels in function, appearance, and also appeals to our desires and moods. The Pure Colour Envy Liquid Lip Potion is luxuriously lightweight, yet fulfills the rich colour intensity of a lipstick. The best part - it is so easily applicable, like the slip of a gloss, and comforts the lips with moisture and nourishing oils. The result is soft, supple, smooth and beautiful lips: talk about depth, dimension and definition all in one stroke.



What amazes me about the Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion is its satiny finish and brilliant pop of liquid colour that gives my lips a visibly fuller, more voluminous and curvaceous look. And its lasts and lasts (up to 8 hours, to be precise), while my lips remain soft and "scented" (red currant, mandarin orange and apple blossom). It's now so natural to feel polished and sophisticated.




From top to bottom: Swatch of Fragile Ego, Fierce Beauty, Naughty Naive and Wicked Sweet.





Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion's sleek elongated iconic silhouette in Estée Lauder's signature navy and gold-one, and features a rectangular window that frames each shade's colour for simplified shade selection.

What makes a lip product so potent? Estée Lauder's Advanced True Vision Technology contains 'Concentrated Liquid' structural pigments that create rich colour, definition and volume. Its Time Release Encapsulated Moisture Complex with Hyaluronic Acid and a nourishing cocktail of Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil and Sunflower Oil further boosts lips' ability to attract, capture and seal-in continuous hydration.




Fashion 'It" girl and social media sensation, Kendall Jenner, fronting the Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion campaign. Dressed in motorcycle-chic and head-to-toe black, in downtown New York City, Kendall's richly pigmented, sculpted lips drenched in Lethal Red take center stage, exemplifying her universal appeal and modern, sexy air.







Another major love for this lip product - its slanted and curved tip applicator thoughtfully designed to glide effortlessly on the curve and lines of the female lips. In a few swift motions and I'm all done and decked with perfect lips. Oh, how I adore efficient beauty innovations.


Check out the curated collection of 16 seductive shades that are universally flattering for all skin tones, in 4 main categories - Nudes to Browns, Corals to Reds, Pinks to Berries and Mauves to Plums. A different lip colour everyday for different looks/outfits? I'll gladly oblige ;)




My festive outfit flatlay featuring the Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lip Potion in Wicket Sweet.


And here are my "4 looks" with 4 shades of lip colour. Makeup, outfit and setting are deliberately kept constant to show how a different lip colour can change the appearance, vibes and emotions generated instantly. And I am absolutely fascinated with how full and smooth my lips look in the Pure Colour Envy Lip Potions!




(Pinks to Berries)


A shade that’s sweet with a touch of naughty, rebellion and not-so-innocent intentions. Vibrant, gorgeous and very feminine. 



(Corals to Reds)


Some character you’ve got. A shade that possesses beauty, power and ambition. 




(Pinks to Berries)

What’s behind that smile, and what do those eyes say? A colour so luscious and rich, it almost tastes delicious.



(Mauves to Plums)

Don’t mess with me, but mend this broken heart. An emotional colour that speaks a thousand words.



Sealing this post with kisses ♥ Melissa Jane



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